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Cisco Systems Reviews

Updated 21 August, 2014
Updated 21 August, 2014
4,964 Reviews

3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work/life balance (for most) with plenty of tools to help get that done (in 534 reviews)

  • It is very flexible environment where most people can work from home if they desire (in 301 reviews)


Cons
  • No part-time options for professionals wanting work-life balance while raising a family (in 161 reviews)

  • The result is a dilution of culture and a race towards big company mediocrity (in 149 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Best place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Kanata, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Kanata, ON

    Pros

    Learning from experts (You will find top software engineers in your team)
    Access to latest network technologies
    Relatively good compensation package
    Flexible work environment
    If you choose the good teams, you will find nice managers and co-workers. Really enjoy hanging out with fellow peers

    Cons

    Switching to Agile, but in the wrong way
    Sometimes they hire idiots
    Salary growth not good, especially when you know people joined recently make more money
    Lack of career opportunities, because we have 60k of employees....
    Too many levels of management
    Layoffs: literally once a FY

  2.  

    Cisco Intership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Intern  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Sales Intern in Toronto, ON

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good pay, lots of exposer to high up people, friendly culture, get to use a lot of interesting technology

    Cons

    poor time off policies, lots of monitoring from different departments (your department, intern head, contractor head)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    In Transition

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good stable company. Has vision. Lots of thing happening.
    Lots of experts in lots of areas. People generally are good and smart.
    Pay is reasonable. Work is flexible.

    Cons

    Too complex for execution. Many owners with overlapping responsibility.
    Too big to get quick answers. Decision making is complicated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the right thing.

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  5.  

    Work flexibility, great work and life balance. poor management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Ability to work from home anytime, flexible hours; great, smart people to work with

    Cons

    Poor management, you can feel very disconnected and left out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your employees, keep them informed and give opportunities to showcase their skills and talents

  6.  

    It was fine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst

    Pros

    Good enviorment, good technology, great people and good package, it was good

    Cons

    politics, no work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please, train managers in a more kind manner

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Low Morale

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work life balance. The people are fantastic. We have a gym to work off your steam if needed.

    Cons

    Treated like robots, not allowed to rock the boat, open office environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a pair and get up against the big guys. No salary increases for over 8 years. No bonus this year but John Chambers gets a 21 Million dollar bonus/salary? Really I live pay check to pay check...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company ,very good experience for myself.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Large company with extensive trainings

    Cons

    Has to encounter chanlleges from across teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It could be fine to have a higher salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    many years of software R&D with Cisco Systems Canada

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Toronto, ON

    Pros

    salary and bonus was good.

    Cons

    vacation less than average. Not much chances for personal career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should encourage employees to take on more challenges

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    software engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    operation system and networking questions, what is TCP, UPD, MPLS

    Cons

    bascially, they will give questions (pretty much like exams) , and you need to familiar with C and operation system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Linux and operation system topics

  11.  

    Worked only 4 months after Cisco acquisition, then business unit got shut down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - Engineer in Waterloo, ON

    Pros

    Big name
    Good benefits
    Great discounts for their products
    Got new computer
    Easy to get necessary software
    Got free training with job search after layoff
    Good severance pay

    Cons

    Vulnerable to market downturns
    Unstable employment
    Had to use some ancient s/w like email
    Business units are isolated, little support from other locations
    Employment at other locations was not offered
    Applied later for other positions, no replies at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your own technologies instead of buying competitiors

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